A HUDDERSFIELD farmer and his wife have moved into pastures new - holiday cottages.
Philip Coates was the fourth generation of his family at Castle House Farm, Berry Brow, just a stone's throw from Castle Hill.
But worsening economic conditions meant dairy farming was no longer viable.
So he, his wife, Anne, and their family took the decision to sell the 100-strong herd of cattle.
They have now converted three outbuildings into holiday cottages, which are proving to be highly popular.
This week alone they are hosting guests from America, South Africa and France.
Mr Coates, 57, who still sleeps in the room in which he was born, said: "We could not think of anywhere else we would rather live.
"But there was no future in dairy farming on this land.
"Naturally, selling the cattle was a big step - and we knew that once we had taken it there was no going back.
"The hard part was when I rang the auctioneer, because then I knew it was final."
The couple were still farming until 4am on the day of the sale, when they were up with a cow that was calving.
The auction took place on their land and was attended by more than 100 would-be buyers.
The cottages were refurbished in stages, with the first completed last October and the last one finished in January this year.
"We have had an 84% to 100% occupancy rate since February," said Mr Coates.
"We did not expect it to be so popular at first. We thought it would take two or three years."
The cottages are called The Stable, The Mistal - meaning cowshed- and The Laithe - meaning barn.
Initially they were promoted by a network of local accommodation providers, who passed on customers when they were full.
But since the family launched a website business has boomed.
"We have wide and varied customers," said Mrs Coates.
"We have people who need two or three weeks between moving houses, TV crews and people who are visiting relatives with their families and need space."
Giving up the cattle was a wrench to the couple, who have three children.
But fortunately the decision to switch from farming to tourism has proved to be the right one.
"We do miss the cattle," said Mrs Coates.
"But I do not regret the decision we took," said Mr Coates.
"The way things were we just would not have been able to continue with agriculture the way it was.
"And this is a lot easier way of life."